It's a big part of the Valley lifestyle and farmers are gathering Monday night for a workshop to talk about farmland conservation.
Farmland conservation is a primary goal of state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Matt Lohr, who is presenting at Monday night's meeting in Augusta County, as well as Gov. Bob McDonnell, who wants to conserve 400,000 acres of farmland.
Lohr says a lot of farmers around the state thought conservation easements really weren't a viable option for working farmers.
However, he says they're working to change that perception and also making changes to easements to make them more suitable for working farmers.
Lohr says it's important to preserve the number one industry in the state.
"I think there's a balance that goes on and certainly we realize you're going to have to have growth and development. That's a part of a society, but I think it's best when we can direct that growth into the appropriate areas and then take steps to preserve our farmland in the appropriate areas," says Lohr.
The meeting is Monday at 7 p.m. at the Weyers Cave Community Center.